Men, listen up! Your back is a blank canvas just begging for design. Whether you are considering your first tattoo or your fifth, your back is the perfect place for your new design. But what design is it going to be? Maybe you are going to go with a stunning shaded piece in hues of black and gray. Perhaps blazing and bold colors are more your style. No matter what you have bouncing around in your head, we are here to help you make your final decision.

Why final? Because your tattoo is going to be riding your back for the rest of your life. Choosing the right design is essential if you ever want to be proud to prance around sans shirt again. Choose a horrible design and the only good news is that you will never have to look at it! Pick a great design and you will be proud to show it off. Back tattoos for men make a statement; what will yours say?

Back tattoo ideas

How to pick back tattoos for guys

Once you have decided on a back piece, realize that you have chosen what is one of the best places on your body for a large tat. Your back is flat, wide and tall – very similar to a true piece of canvas. The sky is the limit when it comes to a back piece so let your imagination go wild. Here are just a few things to think about when choosing your piece: Theme, Color, Size and Overall Design.

It’s not unusual for men to sit for pieces of such a large tattoo at a time. While there is nothing wrong with starting small, you do need to speak with your artist about the direction of your piece. Don’t start with Mighty Mouse in the center of your back if you want a religious theme. You get the idea.

If you trust your tattoo artist as much as you should, make an appointment for a consultation. Take a list of your ideas and a few photos of images that you like. Your tattoo artist will be happy to sit down with you and create custom piece that is both unique and personal.

As always, we are here to help you choose the perfect design for you. Use our site to help you come up with ideas for your newest piece of wearable art. We can offer advice, ideas and examples. We are here for any man who is interested in developing a personalized tattoo that he will be happy with for the rest of his life!

Cool Back Tattoo Ideas for Men


A colorful combination of some popular heroes and villains such as Spiderman at the top right corner shows the boldness of this tattoo in passing the intended message. The tattoo best fits someone seeking attention with the multicolored characters “speaking loudly” to an audience that is far away from the tattoo wearer.


A grey back tattoo of the crucifixion of Jesus with a crown of thorns upon his head is clear indication of a deeply-rooted love of Christ. A love sign with a crown and angels facing the heavens augment the importance this love and passion for Christ.


This tattoo shows a human skull that fully fits the back with some scary projections moving from the shoulders into the eyes and mouth clearly proving toughness. The skull tattoo is creatively big and has a cross symbol emanating from a hole on the forehead, which is very scary.


Is that a smiling kitten in a human face? This tattoo idea is excitingly unique and covers the back very well with the cat’s moustaches making it warmly welcoming to viewers. The repeated embellishments and writings that surround the cat make the tattoo masculine.


This a unique combination of several small grey-colored tattoos that can easily pass for girl tattoos. The decorations do not show much power of masculinity and perhaps are designed for men with a soft-spot on females.


This fully-fitting back tattoo of a dragon rekindles the memories of the Japanese Yakuza outfits who were known to be fearless and great men of honor. Back tattoos with dragons are good messengers of bravery. The yellow eye and red claws look scary at a distance.


This back tattoo shows some popular Japanese anime characters with a bold statement of the love the tattoo wearer has for animated productions. Perhaps, the major aim is to show support for animated sketchbook characters that are now popular in entertainment joints.


A masculine back tattoo stretching from the sleeves and covering every part of your back is a show of masculine confidence. The multiple characters specifically decorated for near-viewing makes the tattoo interesting since only a few people close to you will get to know what the decorations describe.


A show of love in a masculine way by having the picture of your love tattooed to fully fit your back is a show of consideration to those you care for. Although the surroundings look scary, the smiling face of the lady speaks a lot about the tattoo-wearer’s personality as a loving man.


A multi-colored tattoo of a woman holding a stick against an infant with serpents surrounding her is frightening to the viewers. It is not clear what the woman is doing but the whole picture looks scary. Anyone with this tattoo on his back must be very fearless.

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